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Tuesday, 05 May 2009 14:43
Good Morning from Maui! I’m over here in Hawaii working with some kitchen showrooms, and one thing that I’ve noticed is that for some reason… Hawaii does not seem to be affected by the economy as much as other places that I visit or that I’ve heard about. My nature is to always ask “Why” and try to get to the bottom of things, so I started looking at what might be different about the industry or the way that the kitchen design showrooms do business over here. One of the things that I noticed right away is how “laid back” everyone is over here.

If you’re running late for an appointment, it’s always “Don’t worry… we don’t take ‘Time’ too seriously around here”. Or when I “Cold-call” on a new potential dealer they always welcome me into their showroom and take a look at what I have even if they are not looking for another line. They offer me drinks and always give me their time. Many times I’ll walk into a showroom in California and get greeted with “What are you selling” or “I’m too busy to talk to you”. Believe me…. I know how busy we can get as kitchen designers and when I managed a showroom in Seattle, I didn’t like reps showing up without an appointment either but I realize now that life is about more than just sales and getting work done. It’s about relationships and being nice to people and paying attention to the things that are really important in life.

One of the showroom owners over her in Honolulu who I am working with took me surfing at 6:00 am to his local spot and we surfed for 2 hours before our training meeting at his showroom. Many days at home (in LA) I surf in the morning before I start my day and it really gets things off to a great start but to do it with a client was an awesome experience. I guess the lesson I’ve learned from working over here is that you can work hard and do a good job without taking it so seriously and getting “Stressed out” over things.  I’m going to really try to apply this philosophy at home because no matter what happens… “everyting gonna be aright!” (Bob Marley))